Basketball: East Perth too strong for Eastern Suns

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EAST Perth Eagles men proved too strong for the Eastern Suns and broke the Suns’ three-game winning streak by defeating them by 17 points at the weekend.

The Eagles improved to a 5-3 record with the leadership driven by captain Drew Williamson, who delivered 29 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three point land.

Kevin Davis was also outstanding with 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots for, with Mason Bragg contributing 16 points and seven assists.

Dennis Tawhiti and Ngor Manyang also scored nine points each.

Coach Joe Tupaea said the 107-90 win was a very “scrappy game”.

“They forced us to play their style of basketball which we struggled to do in the first three quarters of the game,” he said.

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds and fumbled the ball a lot too.

“Suns import Courtney Belger was difficult for us to contain but towards the end of the game we were able to manage him and close out the game.”

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ women lost to the Suns 79-72 in a tight contest.

Eagles’ new import Kaylee Kilpatrick top-scored for East Perth finishing the night with 18 points, five assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

Jodee Sontay added 13 points and seven rebounds, Nadia Parora notched 11 points and four boards and Eryn Fisher chipped in with 10 points.

East Perth Eagles play Lakeside Lightning at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre next Saturday.

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